Piazza della Cisterna, San Gimignano

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    In the Piazza Study the Ardingheili Towers First

    by hquittner Updated Oct 2, 2013
    The Pair of Ardinghelli Towers
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    At the edge of the Piazza della Cisterna, when you enter from its northeast point along the right (north) wall of the piazza are the two Torre of the Aringhelli family leading members of the Guelphs here. The left one is the shorter one. After a few more buildings the square turns southwest and after several further bulldings on this side one reaches the Banca Toscano which was anciently called the Palazzo Razzi. The next building to the south is called the Casa Saivestrini.

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    An Entrance into the Piazza della Cisterna

    by hquittner Written Aug 21, 2013
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    At the center of the main square of San Gemignano is a large hexagonal well set above steps. Before 7;30 in the morning delivery vans are busy providing the produce of the day for the several restaurants and just before 8AM groups of children collect around the well before heading off to school.

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    Piazza della Cisterna

    by croisbeauty Updated Jun 25, 2013

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    Piazza della Cisterna, "castrum vetus" is considered as the heart of San Gimignano. Once the square was called the Tavern Square, and was the place in which commerce and banking transactions took place. The whole square, like the rest of the town, is characterised by buildings in varying architectural styles. In the middle of the square is the well, built in 1237, which bears the coat of arms of the Podesta Guccio Malavolti. The furrows carved by the chains used to draw the water can still be seen on the well.
    The square is overlooking by the Torre del Diavolo (Devil's Tower), one of the oldest in town. Torre del Diavolo once had a walkway at it summit. The wooden spikes around the top held the boards of the walkway in place.

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    Piazza della Cisterna

    by MM212 Updated Jun 19, 2009

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    Piazza della Cistern on a market day

    Named after the water cistern in the middle, the triangular shaped Piazza della Cisterna is San Gimignano's second square. It is linked to Piazza del Duomo, the political and religious centre of town, with a narrow passageway. Historically, Piazza della Cisterna was the commercial centre of town. In fact, until today, a popular market takes place in town in this square, although the market now spills over to much of the rest of the town. Surrounding the Piazza are some of San Gimignano's towers, such as Torre del Diavolo and Torri degli Ardinghelli and other important palaces.

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    Piazza della Cisterna

    by babettu Written Oct 17, 2008

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    The streets Via San Giovanni and Via San Mattio climb to meet in the middle of the town to Piazza della Cisterna. Local people and many tourist visite this piazza as it is famous for restaurants, hotels and gelaterias.

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    Piazza della Cisterna

    by BorneoGrrl Updated Feb 26, 2007

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    Piazza della Cisterna

    This square is not really a square, it's triangle in shape and is named after cistern located in the middle of the square. It was originally built in 1237 and later enlarged in 1346. The cistern was an important water source for the town & now popular attraction with visitors

    From the square, you can see other medieval buildings plus a hotel & a cafe

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    Piazza della Cisterna

    by sue_stone Written Nov 3, 2006

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    The old commercial heart of San Gimignano is Piazza della Cisterna. This lovely sloping, triangular piazza dates back to the 13th century, and gets its name from the large cistern (well) that sits in the centre. This well used to supply water to the whole town.

    The square is surrounded by 13th & 14th century buildings and towers, containing cafes, shops and businesses. On the western side of the square you will see the two Torri Ardinghelli and the tall Torre del Diavolo (Devil's Tower).

    I can highly recommend taking a seat on the steps surrounding the cistern for a rest, and to eat your gelato bought from the nearby gelateria ; )

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    Piazza della Cisterna - The left side

    by Cristian_Uluru Written Jun 15, 2006

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    Torri degli Ardinghelli
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    On the right side of Piazza della Cisterna you can see Palazzo dei Cortesi with the tower called %Tower of the Devil. On the west side of the square there are the two wonderful %Twin towers of the Ardinghelli which was a very famous merchant family who had business with Far East and North Europe. Near the twin tower there is the Torre Pellari built in 1237.

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    Piazza della Cisterna

    by Cristian_Uluru Written Jun 15, 2006

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    Palazzo Razzi, Casa Salvestrini e Palazzo Tortoli
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    Piazza della Cisterna is a very big square which is caracterized by the cisterna built in 1287 in the middle of the square. The Piazza has got a triangular shape with a natural pendence. It was enlarged in 1346 by Guccio Malavolti.
    Along the sides of the square you can see wonderful palaces: Palazzo Razzi with windows with double arches; Casa Salvestrini built in the middle of 1200; Palazzo Tortoli-Treccani with Senese double arches built in the 12th century.

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    Piazza della Cisterna - The Well

    by Helga67 Updated Dec 19, 2004

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    Piazza della Cisterna

    Piazza della Cisterna is named after the well. This well in the middle of the square was built in 1237 and enlarged in 1346. The water in the well was used for drinking, cooking and washing, but also to put out fires.

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    Piazza della Cisterna

    by Helga67 Updated Dec 19, 2004

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    Piazza della Cisterna

    This square is the heart of the city. It has an irregular form and is surrounded by high medieval houses in different architectural styles, and a well in the middle.

    The square was once known as the Tavern square and was the place in which commerce and banking transactions took place.

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    Piazza della Cisterna

    by micas_pt Written Dec 18, 2004

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    Piazza della Cisterna

    Piazza della Cisterna (Square of the Well) is a pleasant square, with a well (cistern) and some very nice buildings around. This square was once the place for open-air markets and feasts. Nowadays it houses some restaurants and cafes with tables on the open air.

    The cistern that names the square was built in 1237 and later enlarged in 1346. Apart from the well, this square is also noticeable for the mansions and towers that surround it – the Tower and Mansion of Pellari, the twin Towers of Ardinghelli, the Lupi Tower and also the Cetti and Tortoli Mansions.

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    Piazza della Cisterna

    by sandysmith Updated Apr 30, 2004

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    Piazza della Cisterna

    Piazza della Cisterna or the Cistern Square is the hub of the old town. Its not really a square - more of a triangle. At its centre is the well built in 1237 and enlarged in1346.
    If you want to see local colour than come on a Thursday when its market day and the square is taken over by the stalls. If you want to enjoy in quieter times then avoid market day!

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    Piazza della Cisterna

    by Jmill42 Written Feb 25, 2004

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    Piazza della Cisterna

    One of the main attractions of the city, the Cisterna, or water well, is a great place to have dinner or to stroll about. There are numerous coffee shops and restaurants, along with various shopping stores located here. Just off the piazza is the Torture museum. The well itself is an octogan-shaped well, that was first used in the 13th century. Thankfully, they have bottled water now...

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    Piazza della cisterna

    by belgianchocolate Written Oct 18, 2003

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    the well.

    Piazza della cisterna is named after the well at its center. The well was very important during times of war so the people inside the city walls still had fresh water.

    The Palazzo del Popola is the background for this well. It was build in 1288 and is the impressive town hall.

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